15 August 2008

Commentary on the Draft Arms Law in Timor-Leste

A new article entitled "Commentary on the Draft Arms Law in Timor-Leste" has been published on the East Timor Law Journal.

Author: Sarah Parker LLB (Hons)

Citation: 2008 ETLJ 4

Extract: In addition to drawing attention to the issue of civilian possession of weapons, the aims of this article are fourfold. Specifically, they are to provide a balanced summary of the proposed law; to compare it with existing domestic arrangements; to provide analysis of the draft arms law in light of discussions and evolving international norms and practices in the area of possession of firearms by civilians; and to comment on the suitability or desirability of the proposed law in light of the political and security climate in Timor-Leste.

The unofficial English translation of the Draft Arms Law in also available on the East Timor Law Journal along with the original Tetum and Portuguese texts.

This article has been produced under the auspices of the Timor-Leste Armed Violence Assessment, a joint project undertaken by the Small Arms Survey, an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, in collaboration with Austcare.

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